Mitsubishi ASX 2013: Road Test – Car Reviews, News & Advice – CarPoint Australia

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Mitsubishi ASX

2013: Road

Mitsubishi ASX 4WD Aspire 2.2L DiD


Price Guide price before statutory charges): $36,490

Options to test car (not included in price): N/A

Crash rating: ANCAP)

Fuel: Diesel

fuel economy (L/100km): 5.8

CO2 (g/km): 168

Mitsubishi’s ASX is the fourth compact SUV in Australia, trailing the Hyundai ix35, Nissan and Subaru XV. So it’s clear like the combination of a practical, body and family hatch

But it says something about the of the segment (19 entries at last that not long after a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine to the Mitsubishi announced further year upgrades for the ASX range.

In the case of the top-spec 2.2-litre variant, that means an roof rack, panoramic and 7.0-inch touchscreen, included as

The 2014 ASX range starts at for the petrol 2WD manual model, but need to fork out another for the ‘full fruit’ Aspire ASX diesel engine, 4WD and automatic tested here.

Considering you can buy a version of the ASX’s bigger brother with the same for not a lot more, $36,490 seems for a ‘luxury’ version of what is a cut-price family runabout.

you do get plenty for your money, as by a quick scan of the spec

As well as front fog lights chrome bezels, a chrome tip and privacy glass, the range-topping ASX now boasts reversing sensors and camera, seven airbags, an audio system with leather upholstery, climate keyless entry/start, rain-sensing auto-on/off headlights, an LED ambient strip for the sunroof and heated seats with electric for the driver’s seat.

It’s a shame then other aspects of the ASX lack sparkle, although the new turbo-diesel, has 60Nm more torque the old 1.8-litre engine, certainly some valuable grunt to the

For 2014, Mitsubishi claims to reduced NVH (noise, vibration, levels in the cabin, as well as ride quality, but it’s both still require work.

While the larger, 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine the ASX added zing from the engine noise especially at revs intrudes noticeably the cabin, to the point where I was reaching for the radio volume

Also disturbing the peace in our car was an annoying, drivetrain-like whine accelerating from standstill; turbo ‘whistle’ at higher excessive tyre rumble as as the odd bang and crash as the suspension with potholes and the like.

tolerable, the various, extraneous weren’t befitting a vehicle a $35,000-plus pricetag. The tinny feel also extended to the system, with excessive at times coming from one of the speakers.

Despite some clatter, and the $3000 premium the petrol engine, the 2.2-litre with six-speed auto is the pick of the powertrains, which includes a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre engine.

Combining smoothly the auto transmission, the oiler a strong, linear surge the rev range as well as relaxed around town, with grunt in the wet or dry to spin the front in lower gears.

However, when the roads very wet and slippery, sanity was by pressing a button to transfer to AWD which shuttles drive when slip is detected. A Lock mode for gravel or combined with 180mm clearance (on diesel models) makes the ASX a safe bet on light-duty tracks.

The ASX points and corners as as you’d expect, despite steering, with good from the Dunlop-clad 17-inch and decent brakes. Apart squeezing into cramped spots, it felt most at out on smooth, open freeways, revving around 1700rpm in at 100km/h with just a of tyre and wind noise.

fuel economy hovered 8.0L/100km, according to the trip but to minimise fuel use the transmission to choose the highest gear around town, which results in the engine laboring at 1000rpm. This is when the wheel paddle shifters in handy, easily swapping to keep the engine on the boil in traffic.

The Aspire-trimmed ASX retains a fairly plasticky interior, with leather on the seats, centre and steering wheel, to lift the The highlight is undoubtedly the massive sunroof, which extends all the way to the seats and gives the SUV an airy, feel when open.

the compact layout provides a job of accommodating a small family and of its stuff, although you wouldn’t too many over-sized teenage in the back seat with headroom. There’s a good of small storage areas a reasonable-sized boot with two storage ‘buckets’ on each

With the ASX aimed primarily at buyers, and diesel variants available with 4WD and auto — and starting from — it’s likely the front-drive, petrol-powered variants remain most popular buyers.

However, if you’re for a value-for-money family runabout frugal, diesel engine then the Aspire diesel 4WD ASX be just the thing.

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